SNU Students Serve in Haiti

BETHANY, Okla. (May 27, 2011) - "Unforgettable" may be the best way to describe the joyous, emotion-filled two-and-a-half hour dedication service for a church building in rural Haiti.

The service was a highlight for 26 Southern Nazarene University students, faculty and staff during the May 15-24 trip to the Caribbean island nation still recovering from a devastating earthquake in January 2010. In the days prior to the evening dedication service, the SNU team, together with 15 students and sponsors from Olivet Nazarene University, put a roof on the building, built pews and a pulpit and painted inside and out. They also conducted a medical clinic that treated 150 patients and held a Vacation Bible School for children of the village.

The 2011 SNU senior class gift was presented to the director of the Haiti Nazarene Bible College. The gift, an electronic keyboard, amplifier and speaker for the Bible College chapel, was presented by the members ofthe 2011 SNU senior class. A brass plaque is being placed in the chapel recognizing the bonds of friendship that exist between SNU and the Haiti Nazarene Bible College.

Graduated Senior, Andrew Blakeman said, “I loved meeting some of the top leaders of the country. It was cool to see how excited they were to receive the gift! It was great to see how it will impact and help the students in Haiti.”

Southern Nazarene University's mission is to transform lives through higher education in Christ-centered community. As a Christian community of scholars, we model the hospitality of grace, the pursuit of truth and the practice of discipleship, all within the Wesleyan-holiness tradition, as we prepare graduates who THINK with clarity, ACT with integrity and SERVE with purpose.